Hot & Healthy Lentil Burger

Yes that’s right, another burger recipe! Because honestly, who doesn’t like a good burger now and then? And what’s better than a delicious burger that also happens to be pretty good for you? Our last couple of burgers have used ground chicken as a base, but we wanted to try a new recipe that offers a vegetarian burger option to our readers!

Not only is this burger delicious but it is also a fantastic way to incorporate more lentils into your day. Lentils are a fantastic food because they are high in fibre (over 15g per cup), low GI, and high in protein. They also contain more potassium than bananas, which is great for Lan, as she has a banana allergy and is constantly struggling to get enough potassium. As a patriotic bonus, Canada is the largest exporter of lentils worldwide! We hope you enjoy this recipe, and watch for more lentil recipes coming soon.

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Recipe

1 cup green lentils, dried
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, finely grated (we used a food processor)
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup sunflower seeds, shelled
1 Tbsp flax seed meal
2 cups + 3 Tbsp water
3/4 cup of bread crumbs
4 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp cracked chili peppers
1/2 tsp ground pepper

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Add 2 cups of water and lentils to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer for 20 minutes, then drain. Set lentils aside in a large mixing bowl. Let flax meal sit in 3 tablespoons of water in a small bowl for approximately 5 minutes to allow it to develop an egg-like consistency. Add flax and all other ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix well.
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Form into medium sized burger patties. Place on parchment lined baking tray. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes until slightly browned on the outside.
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Serve on its own, on a bun, tortilla, or pita, garnished with anything you like! Serve and enjoy!
Makes 8-10 burgers.

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